Ex-chiropractor gets prison term for medical fraud ring role
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey chiropractor whose license was revoked more than 15 years ago is now headed to prison for his role in a medical fraud ring that stole nearly $4 million from insurance companies.
Philip Potacco received a seven-year sentence Friday and also must pay $3.5 million in restitution. He had pleaded guilty last November to money laundering, official misconduct and practicing chiropractic without a license.
The state attorney general’s office has said Potacco used a medical consulting group to recruit accident victims and people who staged car crashes so he could submit bogus insurance claims. He also hired a licensed chiropractor to serve as a front man of a practice Potacco himself ran for five years.
The state’s Chiropractic Examiners Board revoked Potacco’s license for misconduct in 2002.